This is the letter I sent to the Programming Director of Orycon:
I am going to miss Orycon this year. I discovered an opportunity to
make a huge difference in the world and it requires that I be available
on the weekend of Orycon.
When I weighed everything up, I realized that I serve you and everyone up in Porfis — all the people I’ve known and come to love over nearly 20 years of irregular attendance — better by doing this than by being with you all for the weekend. That doesn’t mean that I don’t wish it could be otherwise or that I didn’t examine every possible alternative before coming to this conclusion.
If there’s any way I can support you, the committee, and the attendees in having the greatest Orycon ever, please let me know.